Sooo my goal was to read 55 books in 2016. I really cared more about beating my known page record (I say known because only the powers that be know how many pages I plowed through in graduate school), but when November ended and I was close to 100 books, of course I kept binge reading to get in as many as I could for 2016.
Also, I would like to make a comment on what I wrote for my December 26 post, which was written before George Michael and Carrie Fisher died. Other people have pointed out on the interwebs, so I am not taking credit for their surmises, that the deaths of Carrie and George might have to do with their drug use/drug use histories. I even read that average life expectancy has been decreasing for 20 years now. So, I guess we can’t blame 2016. Coke could possibly be involved. On occasion.
And I also posted it was a pretty sweet year for me personally, even aside from the fact I made it to over 100 books read.
So what was the hundredth book? What propelled me into a triple digit record for 2016?
A book that debunks all the stories I have watched on the travel channel.
A book that likes to tell me that ghost stories exist out of my psychological needs to process and make sense of the horrors that American history committed and yet seem to be glossed over: the Salem Witch Trials, the genocide of the natives, slavery.
I love me a ghost story. They actually have been what I have been writing to get myself to write. I actually devoured a James VanPraagh book right before that!
And I loved it.
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, Colin Dickey
Ghost stories do not have to be true to be meaningful. In fact, they can bring home a more personal touch and relatability to stories in history that seem so difficult to otherwise connect to and care about. It is important to remember where we have come from when thinking about how we treat others, especially the marginalized, to keep moving forward.
This book adds all kinds of relatable angles to stories while dismantling their veracity. Our folklore in ghost and paranormal stories is just that: folklore. What really happened and what stories were created that concealed what some of these stories and people were really about?
I recommended this book to a highly educated friend who really loves true history stories and admitted to eyeballing it. I let personal friends in on my reading prowess on Facebook as well because I really am just that fun and she piped up.
I also have to give a shout out to my local library system, which has been awesome at getting new releases on the shelves. New books might not fly off the shelves here as quickly as they do in other areas, but I still appreciate that I could snatch up a hardcover copy of a new book. I was given a trip to the library that did not involve creeping out of the children’s room to quickly glance over the new releases before I was discovered and I emerged victorious. I almost came out with a nonfiction book on bird behavior that I had not even known existed.
But, there it is. Book one hundred. I don’t anticipate such numbers in 2017, I shalt bask. For a few more lines.
…what was a book of yours that beat some kind of record in 2016?
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